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Last spring, the National Ski Areas Association and Burton Snowboards joined forces to bring us the “Smart Style Terrain Park Safety Initiative. In addition to a three-pronged motto aimed at increasing beginner awareness—”Look before you leap, Easy style it, and Respect gets respect—the team recommended a new freestyle terrain symbol. The proposed orange oval would join the family of black diamonds, blue squares, and green circles, and serve to warn skiers and riders of downslope halfpipes, parks, and jibs. We agree that it’s high time the symbol family was infused with some fresh blood—but why stop at terrain parks? There are plenty of other hazards on the mountain.